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MINUTES 

\ " '• OF THE ; I ;S \J Of 

THIRTY -THIRD ANNUAL MEETING 

OF THE "l*Jj$X%'' 

^ttrt| Carolina anh Virginia 
CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE, 

HELD AT " 

POPE'S CHAPEL, GRANVILLE CO., N. C. 
October 6 4 7, 8 & 9, 1858. 

p: '' WITH AN APPENDIX. 



TO WHICH IS ADDED 

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^ SUFFOLK, VA. 
SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN BOOK CONCERN. 
W. B. WELLONS, General Agent. 

1858. • 



MINUTES 



OF THE 



THIRTY -THIRD ANNUAL MEETING 



OF THE 



fUdji Carolina anb Virginia 
CHRISTIAN CONFERENCE, 

HELD AT 

POPE'S CHAPEL, GRANVILLE CO., N. C. 
October 6, 7, 8 & 9, 1858. 

WITH AN APPENDIX. 

TO WHICH IS ADDED 

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SUFFOLK, VA. 
SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN BOOK CONCERN. 
W. B. "WELLONS, General Agent. 

1 858. 



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MINUTES. 



The "North Carolina and Virginia Christian Confer- 
ence " met, pursuant to adjournment, at Pope's Chapel, Gran- 
ville county, N. C, Oct. 6th, 1858, and was called to order by A. 
G. Anderson, when, on motion. Elder B. N. Hopkins was called 
to the Chair. • 

On motion, Elders Thomas J. Fowler, Solomon Apple, Wm. 
N. Bragg, and Bros. C. H. Winfree and Stephen H. Turner were 
appointed a Committee to recommend officers for this Conference. 
After retiring a short time they reported : For President, Elder 

B. N. Hopkins ; for Vice-President, Elder S. Apple, and for As- 
sistant Secretary, John Faucett. Report adopted. 

On motion — 

Resolved, That the following brethren, Elders Wm. B. Wellons, 
Wm. H. Doherty and Chastien Allen, and Bro. Jno. N. Manning, 
be invited to take seats with this body during its present session. 

On motion — 

Ordered, That Elder J. McCullocb deliver the annual address 
on to-morrow, at the opening of Conference. 

The list of Elders and Churches being called, the following mem- 
bers appeared and took seats in Conference : 

Elders Present— J. I. Hobby, R. G. Tinnen, W. N. Bragg, A. 
Apple, S. Apple, J. McCulloch, T. J. Fowler, J. W. Wellons, 

A. Iseley, G. G. Walker, A. Franks, H. B. Hayes and B. N. Hop- 
kins. 

Licentiates Present — L. C. Madison, A. G. Anderson and D. 
T. Deanes. 

Delegates Present — Henry Apple, R. Maynard, L. L. Lambeth, 
J. McKeel, M. McCauley, J. W. Pritchard, J. 0. Cogwell, C. E. 
Askew, John Pierce, H. Hazwell, J. Bland, W. Bland, W. Gun- 
ter, T. Lynch, S. H. Turner, L. Mabry, J. J. Jenkins, S. Barbee, 
M. Murchison, A. Way, J. A. Turrentine, W. Winston, W. Pierce, 

C. Sandling, A. S. Boyd, John Faucett, E. F. Watson, B. Hazell, 

B. McCray, H. Graham, C. H. Winfree, C. Ledbetter, J. N. Fer- 
rell, Nasa Boon, J. Wharton, W. Goodwin, W. A. Love, J. M. 
Gtmter, B. J. Blackly, T. Winston, M. Brown, D. Thomas, A. 



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Austin, D. Fuquay, K. Burroughs, P. Tuck, M. McWilliams, P. 
K. Hardin. 

The following Churches were represented : Apple's Chapel, 
Bethlehem, Damascus, Fuller's, Good Hope, Hank's Chapel, Mt. 
Zion, Mount Auburn, O'Kelly's, Pleasant Hill, Pope's Chapel, 
Pleasant Grove, Providence, Union, Alamance, N. C, Union, Hal- 
ifax, Ya., Zion, Bethel, Pleasant Grove, Shallow Well, Oak, Level 
Moore, Union, Wake Chapel. 

Unrepresented Churches. — Brown's Chapel, Concord, Christian, 
Union, Mount Bethel, Park's X Roads, Pleasant Ridge, Shallow 
Ford, Shady Grove, Shilo, Zion Hill, Antioch, Christian Chapel, 
Pleasant Springs, Acorn Eidge, Holt's Factory, Reece's Yests, 
Wilmington, Liberty Grove, Sharon, Lebanon, Salem, Pleasant 
Hill, in Johnson county. 

On motion, a letter from Midway Church, Granville county, 
N. C, was received and read, asking permission to unite with the 
Conference. On motion, said church was received. 

On motion, Wm. N. Bragg, M. C. Winston and S. H. Turner 
were appointed a Committee on Religious Exercises during the 
session of Conference. 

On motion of A. Apple — 

Resolved, That Elder Chastien Allen, of the Methodist Protest- 
ant Church, be received as a member of this Conference. 

On motion, Conference adjourned to 8 o'clock to-morrow morn- 
ing. 

Prayer by A. G. Anderson. 



Thursday, 8 o'clock, A. M. 

Conference met pursuant to adjournment. Singing and prayer 
by Elder R. G. Tinnen. The President announced the following 
Committees : 

On Ordination — Elders A. Isely, T. J. Fowler, R. G. Tinnen, 
A. Apple, J. W. Wellons and W. H. Doherty. 

On the Standing of the Ministry — S. H. Turner, C. H. Winfree, 
T. Lynch and Nasa Boon. 

On Temperance — Elders Chastien Allen, M. Murchison and B. 
McCray. % 

. On Sunday Schools— Elders J. I, Hobby, J. A. Turrentine and 
L. L. Lambeth. 

On Education — Elders Wm. H. Doherty, A. G. Anderson and 
Dr. H. Graham. 



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On the Itinerancy — Bennett Hazell, L. L. Lambeth, J. \V. 
Pritchard, John Pierce, Thos. Lynch, J. J. Jenkins, W. Winston, 
J. N. Ferrell, W. Goodwin, B. J. Blackly, A. Austin, R. May- 
nard, C. H. Winfree, J. 0. Cogwell, Wm. Gunter, S. H. Turner, 
A. Way, A. S. Boyd, Nasa Boon, J. M. Gnnter, M. Brown, J. A. 
Turrentiue and Eobert Burroughs. 

The hour having arrived for the delivery of the annual address, 
Elder J. McCulloch proceeded to deliver the address to a large 
audience. 

Dear Brethren, Sisters and Friends : 

In obedience to an appointment of the last Conference, it now be- 
comes my duty to give to Conference information of the state of the 
Church, and recommend to their consideration such measures as I judge 
to be necessary. 

But first and above all, our thanks are due to u good and benevolent 
God, for the numerous benefits which he has bestowed upon his peo- 
ple, and our united prayers ought to ascend to him that he may con- 
tinue to bless his Church and the world. 

Since the adjournment of last Conference, our people have enjoyed 
an unusual degree of health. But, notwithstanding the portion of 
health that we have enjoyed, death has made a breach in the min- 
isterial ranks, and has taken from among us one of earth's best men. 
Rev. S. G. Evans, whose name I cannot pass lightly, has gone from 
labor to his reward in heaven. He was truly an exemplary Chris- 
tian — an humble, noble-hearted man — and was one of the self-sacri- 
ficing ministers who have worn themselves out in the service of their 
Master. How different must be his condition around his Father's 
throne in heaven, from those ministers who are wearing themselves out 
after the god of this world. 

1 purpose bringing up the business matter of Conference for your 
consideration in a tangible form ; and I would say here, my brethren, 
and especially to the clergy, that a church like ours ought to be very 
careful about transacting the business of the church. We have no hu- 
man creed, and hence the idea has gone out into the world that we have 
no system or way of doing the business of the church, forgetting that 
we have the Bible, and if it is what it claims for itself, and all should 
be willing to give to it, we have all that is necessary. 

2 Tim. 3 : 16, 1*7 : All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, 
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruc- 
tion in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly 
furnished unto all good works. 

If a man is thoroughly furnished in doctrine, reproof, correction 
and in instruction unto all good works, is there any thing incomplete? 

But this is not the point to which I am hastening. I wish to see 
the business of this Conference done in a business, Christian-like man- 
ner. The committees should bring up able reports, — show their own 
people what they are for, and why they are for it. Let me here allude 
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to an evil in our Conference. It is this : Our committees pass through 
Conference, and come up with an assertion or two and a resolve, with- 
out explaining the subject at all. Hence, the world is left to conjec- 
ture whatever it may be disposed ; and we, by way of an apology, 
will say through the organ of the church, that we were so pressed for 
time, that we could not do as we wished, owing to that fact. Now, 
an enlightened public will not receive this. Let all labor to present 
an able report, for you have the ability, and show to the world what 
you are for and why you are for it. I would suggest the appointment 
of some committees that we have not heretofore appointed in our Con- 
ference : 

1. On Book Concern. 

2. On Periodicals. 

3. On Memoirs. 

4. On the Bible Cause. 

5. On the Tract Cause. 

6. On Necessitous Cases. 

7. On Finance. 

The first committee is one of importance, and in connection with 
the book concern, as we are, it ought not any longer to be neglected. 
This subject is worthy of your most thorough investigation. Here 
plans are to be devised for future success. The second is like every- 
thing else connected with the church. Here we take into considera- 
tion the labors of our Editor, and while he is actively engaged in his 
labor of love, show him that we are not forgetful of his untiring zeal ; 
that we do feel a deep interest in his happiness, and the advancement 
of our paper under his editorial care. Here we can investigate the 
plan of publication, and if we deem best, recommend changes or such 
measures as we think will conduce to the good of our periodical. The 
publishing interest of the church should be well looked to. It has 
been said by a great man that the Press is the mighty lever by which 
the moral influence of the world is propelled. 

MEMOIRS. 

A want of a committee of this kind has deprived us, as a denom- 
ination, of a large amount of information which would have been of 
great service to the Christian Church. We see and feel this evil, 
and let us provide better for the future. 

We hope that the Committee on Education will take a proper view 
of this all-absorbing subject. That the wants of our people require 
that we should act differently in this matter must be apparent to all. 
They must and will educate their sons and daughters, and we must 
make arrangements to meet their wants and keep up with the advance- 
ment of the age. We would say here that your committee on educa- 
tion would do well to give you a detailed account of the present pros- 
pects of Graham Institute. We point you to this Institute, where the 
Trustees have made arrangements for the education of your sons, 
daughters and wards. We urge it upon you to patronize this your 



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own institution. Every inducement will be held out by the Trustsee 
to make this school worthy of your highest expectation. The time 
has come when it is expected for us to act our part in the great edu- 
cational enterprises of the day. 

A COMMITTE ON THE BIBLE CAUSE. 

All the denominations of the day are doing something for this grand 
enterprise. We. too, have done something, but have not paid that 
attention to it which its merits demand and our position requires. It 
is more incumbent upon us than any other branch of the Church of 
Christ, to push forward an exterprise of this kind, for the simple rea- 
son that we are the only denomination known in ecclesiastical history 
that has said that the Bible is the only discipline that the church 
needs. Then, if we believe what we say, should we not lend a help- 
ing hand to the Bible cause, and help to push it on, or are we to re- 
main dormant on a subject of such magnitude ? Surely not. 

A COMMITTEE ON PASTORAL ADDRESSES. 

This is a subject that has employed some of the greatest minds for 
ages. The great Apostle to the Gentiles thought it very important. 
We find by his letters to young men in the ministry something of this 
kind. It has certainly suggested itself to most of you. You see at 
once the importance of giving a young man all the help you can. 
This is sanctioned both by the Prophets and Apostles. 

A COMMITTEE ON THE TRACT CAUSE. 

As the Southern Convention have seen fit in their wisdom to estab- 
lish a book concern, we would recommend the Conference to appoint 
a committee to make arrangements for the publication of Tracts. We 
consider the dissemination of religious knowledge by means of tracts 
as a powerful auxiliary to ministerial efficiency. Tracts containing 
sound pointed religious truth, open the way of the preached word to 
many a heart which otherwise would be closed against the most per- 
suasive eloquence. 

NECESSITOUS CASES. 

This, my brethren, is a subject that has been hitherto overlooked by 
us as a denomination. Notwithstanding its vital importance, we will 
show the evil that has and will grow out of negligence of this kind. 
When God calls a young man of the Christian Church to preach the 
Gospel, and he obeys that call while he is young and has no family to 
care for, he can get on with a small salary ; but when he has the wants 
of a family to provide for, he looks back and sees how other men who 
have sacrificed every thing for the church, have left their families of- 
ten in want. And it is natural for him to suppose that if he does not 
make arrangements for the future wants of his own, they will not be 
provided for. Hence he is put to the painful necessity of engaging in 
some worldly employment to live and meet the wants of his household 



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as God requires, and without which he cannot be a consistent chris- 
tian. Is there no remedy for this evil in the church ? We answer in 
the affirmative. It is this : We can go to work and create a church ^- 
fund that is to be applied exclusively to worn-out ministers, their 
widows and orphans. You may think that I want too much, but 
some denominations do this, and are you less able or less willing ? 
Let us not be so contracted in our views as to refuse a good thing that 
has been embraced by others. Hence there are good plans in which 
all denominations may harmonize. We see the effects of this in the 
Methodist Episcopal Church. See, when they start a young man out 
to preach the Gospel of Christ, he goes to work to promote the inter- 
est of their church and the cause of God. Why does he do this ? One 
reason is, he knows that, in proportion to the advancement of the church 
by his labors, in the same proportion he promotes the cause of his 
support. We will now see its working. Their ministers are ready 
at any time to take their families and go any where. All they ask is 
enough to live. Why is this ? They know if they wear themselves 
down, their wants will be supplied. If they die, the church has pro- 
vided for their families. The question is asked, have we not a church 
fund of this kind, and why it is that it has not been held up before our 
people ? Where does the fault lie ? I turn to you, my clerical brethren, 
and ask if you have presented the subject before your respective 
churches with the earnestness that the case demands ? I regret to say 
that you have been unfaithful stewards. Again, who is expected to at- 
tend to these matters ? The ministers, of course. It is expected for 
them to go forward in every thing connected with the church. It is not 
worth while, however, to say more on this subject until we have men 
who will do what they know duty calls for. But put this thing to 
work and attend to it, you will see the number of your ministry in- 
creasing year after year. This committee ought, by all means, to be 
one that would give this subject the most thorough investigation! It 
has claims alike upon all. This is a call for something that God has 
blessed us with to assist those who are really objects of Christian be- 
nevolence. Who is more so than that old veteran of the cross who is 
going down the steep of time, full of years and careworn — the widows 
and orphans — those characters of whom there is so much said in the 
Book of God ? That it is the duty of the church to make their con- 
dition as comfortable as is practicable, must be obvious to all. God 
requires it ; humanity calls for it, and the religion of Christ will cause 
the church to respond to a call of this kind when presented pro- 
perly. >w flM^ IMKBfr* ft*l;ff •"'^•iiS S S'ri 

A word here in the conclusion of these remarks upon the support 
of the ministry. The support of your ministers has been neglected to 
the injury of the church. This has always been the case when a de- 
nomination failed to do their duty in this respect The Waldenses 
in the 12 th century considered it a disgrace when it was said of them 
that their ministers- had to labor for a support. This was in the 12th 
century, what is known to be the dark age of the world. And if it 
brought the church into disrepute at that time, is it unreasonable to 
say that it has injured it in this age of advancement. God just as 



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much intended, when he instituted a living ministry, that they should 
live by preaching as that the farmer should live by cultivating the 
earth . 

A COMMITTEE ON HOME MISSIONS. 

That there should be a change in our method of managing this 
matter, is clear to my mind. We would recommend the Conference 
to appoint a committee, and that that committee look out a field of 
labor and select some minister and recommend him to the Missionary 
Society. If this matter is attended to in this way, we can go to work 
in the way of missions at once ; but let it be overlooked year after 
year, and it will militate very much against our missionary efforts. 
We would suggest further that the Treasurer of the Home Missionary 
Society shall give you a detailed account of the financial condition of 
the church, so far as it concerns missions. 

At the beginning of the Conference year, October 24, 185*7, there 
was in the hands of the Treasurer, $371.90. The influx into the 
Treasury up to October 5, 1858, is $4*79.15, after paying a debt of *79 
dollars and *75 cents, with interest for two years, leaving a balance in 
the Treasury of $388.12. You now have men and means before you. 

A word in the conclusion of these remarks. There are other com- 
mittees that we would do well to appoint, but I have already con- 
sumed more time on this subject than I intended. I hope that the 
Conference will give these subjects the attention that they should have. 

In conclusion, I will say a few words concerning the church and its 
principles, then I am done. In doing this, it will not be my object 
to vilify or show that others are wrong, but it will be to show that 
we are right in taking the Word of God as our book of discipline. 
When James O'Kelly left the M. E. Church and took the Bible as his 
book of faith and practice, we cannot now properly appreciate this grand 
step made by him in the religious world. The principles espoused at 
that time by this man of God cannot be objected to only by the as- 
pirant for his own church dogma. But the ball is in motion, and we 
pray God that he may continue it until all men take the Bible and 
appreciate it as they ought. What is the Bible ? It is the Book that 
was written under God's immediate instruction. It is the great spir- 
itual light of the world. As the sun enables us to behold objects liter- 
ally, and as we are enabled to distinguish by the light of the sun and 
make our way from place to place, so by this book we can discover 
good from evil. The liberal principles of the Christian Church, taking 
the Bible as they do, and being willing to meet all denominations upon 
this broad Heaven-originated platform as the only infallible rule of faith 
and practice, and that it is the only sure guide, is admitted by every 
orthodox denomination of the present age. It is having a mighty in- 
fluence over the minds of the intelligent and thinking part of men. 
See, in 1*793, when our fathers left the mother church, we were few 
in number. Under the blessing of God we now number thousands. 
He is blessing us with men of the first order of talents. That Divine 
Revelation is nowhere to be found or expected but in the Scriptures 
of the New and Old Testaments, and there it is. It is true there was 



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religion and Divine Revelation before there was any written word, 
but to argue from thence that the Scriptures are not now all that is 
necessary for the church, is as absurd as it would be to argue that the 
world might do well enough without the sun ; because, in the creation, 
the world had light three days before the sun was made. That all 
Scripture is given by inspiration of God, 2d Tim. 3 : 16, and who 
dare pretend to describe that inspiration, or tell us what we shall or 
shall not believe. Thou shalt speak with my words, saith the Prophet, 
Ez. 3 : 4. That the Holy Scriptures were not only designed for our 
learning but are the settled standing rule of our faith and practice, 
by which we must be governed now and judged shortly. It is not 
only a book of general use to us, but it is of sovereign and command- 
ing authority ; the statute, too, of God's kingdom, which our oath of 
allegiance to him as our supreme Lord, binds us to the observance of. 
Whether we will hear, or whether we will forbear, we must be told 
that this is the oracle we are to consult, and to be determined by ; the 
touchstone we are to appeal to, and try doctrine by ; the rule we are to 
have an eye to, by which we must in every thing order our affections 
and conversation, and from which we must always take our meas- 
ures. This is the testimony — this is the law which is bound up and 
sealed in the counsels of Deity, the word according to which if we do 
not speak, it is because there is no light in us. The making of a light 
within our rule, which by nature is darkness, and by grace is but a 
copy of and conformable to the written word, is setting the judge 
above the law and making the traditions of the church with the Scrip- 
tures, is no better. It is making the clock which every one concerned 
puts backward or forward at pleasure, to correct the sun, that faith- 
ful measurer of time and days. 

There are absurdities which, being once granted, thousands follow 
as we see by sad experience. And here I might adopt, almost verba- 
tim the language and sentiments of the venerable translators of our 
present version, and say, — What scriptural piety can there be without 
saving truth — what saving truth without the word of God ; and 
what word of God have we whereof we may be certain without the 
Holy Scriptures ? The Scriptures can make us wise to salvation ; if 
ignorant, they will instruct us ; if out of order, they will reform us ; 
if in sorrow or affliction, they will comfort and console us ; if dull 
and careless, they will arouse and quicken us ; and if cold, they are the 
fuel which increases the spiritual fire in our hearts to make them burn 
by the way. One ancient Father says, — "Whatsoever is in the 
Scriptures, believe me, is high and divine. There is variety, truth 
and a doctrine most fit for the refreshing and renewing of men's 
minds, and truly so tempered that every one may draw thence what 
is sufficient for him if he come to draw with a devout and pious 
mind as the Scripture requireth." Another renowned Father says — 
"Love the Scriptures, and wisdom will love thee." Another ven- 
erable name, in writing against Julian, boldly asserts to the Imperial 
Apostate that even boys, bred up in the Scriptures become most re- 
ligious. The ancients spoke much of the Philosopher's Stone, the 
touch of which turned baser metals into gold ; but the word of God 



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is better than thousands of gold and silver ; it is better than rubies, 
and all things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. 
They wrote of their Cornucopia, which contained in it all things 
necessary for food, but the Bible is an exhaustless store-house of the 
choice aliment for the immortal mind of man. They praise their herb 
called Panacea, because good for all diseases, but the Holy Scriptures 
are not only an herb but a tree — yea, a paradise of trees of life yield- 
ing fruit every month for meat, and leaves medicine sufficient for the 
healing of all nations. They lauded their drug called Catholicon, 
because they held it superior to all other remedies ; but the word of 
God is the true Catholicon which not only cures but prevents the re- 
turn of all diseases of the soul. And they sung in triumph of Vul- 
can's armor as proof against every enemy and every weapon; but 
the Bible discovers the whole armor of God, replete with weapons 
both offensive and defensive, by which we may put the enemy to 
flight and save our souls. 

The Holy Scriptures are not merely a well but a river of the water 
of life, not only ankle deep for new learners to dabble in, but deep 
enough and wide enough for the most profound theologians to swim 
in without ever touching bottom or shore. They are a bed of the 
goodliest pearls, and the deeper we dive into the sea of divine revela- 
tion the larger, more beautiful and more costly they are. They are a 
mine of the purest gold and the most soul enriching treasure, but the 
command of the owner of the field where this treasure lies hidden is, 
Search the Scriptures, (not human creeds,) and this we must do, as 
miners do for gold, if we mean to be rich in faith and heirs of the 
kingdom of God. The book of God is a casket of the rarest and rich- 
est gems which bespangle the soul of the wearer, rendering it most 
brilliant in the eyes of Christ — even like a bride adorned with her 
jewels. 

One ancient Father compares the Bible to an apothecary's shop 
filled with all manner of preservatives against poisoned heresies, 
and a pandect of most profitable laws against rebelling spirits. In a 
word, as the song of Solomon is the song of songs, and as the Lord 
Jesus is the King of kings, so the Bible is the Book of books. 

The Bible has revealed the sublime system of Christianity to man ; 
it has organized every Christian congregation : educated and inducted 
to office every Christian minister. This wonderful book has the larg- 
est circulation, and is read in more languages than any single book in 
the universe. It has exercised the greatest talents of the greatest men 
the great God ever made. It has soared infinitely above the loftiest 
intellect of the most far-reaching and discriminating metaphysician. 
It has proved a master-piece to the eagle-eyed astronomer — to the pro- 
foundest geometrician. It has proved to the whole learned Christian 
world that the indispensable science of mechanics is the geometry of 
motion. It gave the renowned Boerhaave his celebrity as a physician ; 
constituted Sydenham the father of modern Medicine, and its light 
discovered to the celebrated Harvey the circulation of the blood. 

The Bible gave to Sir Isaac Newton the title of the link between 
angels and men, and compelled the German philosophers to proclaim 



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him to the world the most profound and perfect geometrician ever 
known. It illuminated the fame of George Washington with such a 
constellation of shining virtues so attractively blended as to force his 
transatlantic reviewers to pronounce him the purest of patriots, the 
ablest of generals, and the modest violet blooming in the wilderness. 
Its heaven-descended doctrines overthrew Voltaire, the great enemy 
of Christ, and all the infidels of that infidel age and of every age 
since the Bible was revealed to our world : and its ineffable and efful- 
gent light brought the critical and logical John Locke to the conclu- 
sion that " God is its author, Truth without mixture of error its mat- 
ter, and Salvation its end." Who would want any other discipline? 

The learning of the Bible is the most varied and profound — its his- 
tory the most ancient and interesting — its works of art the most ex- 
quisite and astonishing — its specimens of musical science the most 
simple, sweet and celestial that ever vibrated on the human ear ; its 
imagery the most flowing, gorgeous and diversified that ever enter- 
tained created fancy ; its poetry the most elevated, holy and ecstatic, 
that ever inspired the human soul. In perfection of eloquence the 
Bible can have no competitor. 

No uninspired orator could ever be found to compare with the 
prophet Amos. The epic grandeur of Milton, and the entrancing 
raptures of the immortal Homer retire behind the curtain of midnight 
if compared in eloquence with that single stanza from the lips of the 
inspired herdsman of Tekoah. — Am. 4 : 13. Nor can a specimen be 
selected from the productions of any rhetorician or philosopher, from 
the far-famed Aristotle to the elegant Dr. Blair, which in beauty and 
force will compare in the smallest measure with the inspired speech 
of Abigail to David.— 1 Sam. 25 : 23-31. 

The convincing and enlightening power of the word of God pro- 
duced the great Reformation of the 16th century. The greatest of the 
reformers and he who in reference to his coadjutors in that stupen- 
dous enterprise was styled Melancthon, all and in all, thus writes in 
relation to the Bible : 

' £ The Scripture is its own interpreter, judging and illustrating all 
things. Why is this? Because its origin is from heaven. 'Tis from 
heaven, not from earth ; the author is God, not man ; the inditer the 
Holy Ghost, not merely the uninspired wisdom ; the form is God's 
word — the matter all truth and righteousness, and the effects light, 
pardon, peace, holiness and eternal life. 

Resolved, That the address of Elder J. McCulloch be referred 
to a committee of three to report thereon as early as practicable. 

Whereupon the chair appointed E. P. Watson, A. Gr. Ander- 
son, A. Tseley the said committee. 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to examine 
into the character and standing of any ministers who may wish 
to join this Conference during its present session. 

Whereupon the chair appointed Elders S. Apple, T. J. Fowler, 
and A. Apple said committee. 



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A petition was received from the church, at Utley's school 
house, praying to be received into Conference. PetifToh received 
and adopted. 

A petition from Mt. Carmel Church, Stokes county, praying to 
be received into Conference, was received, read and adopted. 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to report 
upon the letters from the various churches of Conference, giving 
a statistical account of the same ; and also the churches that have 
had the benefit of pastoral preaching during the past Conference 
year, with the names of the pastors. 

Whereupon the chair appointed H. B. Hayes, J. I. Hobby, 
P. Tuck, said committee. 

On motion, Elder E. W. Beale, of the Eastern Virginia Confer- 
ence, was invited to take a seat in this body during the remain- 
ing part of the session. 

The committee on the character and standing of any ministers 
who may wish to join this Conference, submitted the following 
report, which was read and adopted : 

Your committee appointed to examine into the character of any min- 
isters who may present themselves for membership to this Conference, 
report Wm. H. Doherty, late of the Miami Christian Conference, Ohio, 
presents himself, and states that he was a member of said Conference 
five years. That at the last session was President of that body, and 
only resigned when he left Ohio to come south. 

In addition to the above, we having been referred to Elder Wm. B. 
Wellons, we learn that in 1854, Elder Doherty was in good and reg- 
ular standing with the church and Conference. Elder Wellons has 
no hesitation in recommending him to this or any other Conference, 
as a Christian minister in good standing. 

SOL. APPLE, Chairman. 

On motion, Elder Wm. H. Doherty was duly received as a 
member of this body. 

On motion, Elder Joseph B. Hinton, of Kaleigh, was also re- 
ceived, and his name enrolled as a member of this Conference. 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to recom- 
mend a suitable course of study for young men to pursue, who 
wish to engage in the ministry, and who have not had the ad- 
vantage of a theological education. 

Whereupon the chair appointed Elder W. H. Doherty, A. Ise- 
ley and H. B. Hayes, the said committee. 

On motion, the hour of 10 o'clock to-morrow is set apart for 
the reception of the report of the committee on education. 
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The committee on Temperance submitted the following report, 
which was read and adopted. 

REPORT. 

We, the committee on Temperance, beg leave to report : 
Being fully aware of the delicate position we occupy, knowing that 
the minds of all men are not agreed upon this subject, the prejudice 
of education with individual interest has prevented some from giving 
their support to the great temperance reform, while others have seen 
the light and are rejoicing in it. Having examined the subject thor- 
oughly, we are fully convinced that its use as a beverage is one of the 
greatest evils with which our country is cursed. We regard it as one 
of the greatest hindrances to the success of the gospel and the greatest 
of all injuries to the church of Christ. In view of which we offer the 
following resolutions : 

1st. Resolved, That we, as a body of Christians, disapprobate the 
manufacture, sale and use of ardent spirits as a beverage; and most 
earnestly entreat our brethren every where to join with us in discoun- 
tenancing its manufacture, sale and use as a beverage. 

2d. Resolved, That the pastors of churches and itinerant ministers 
be earnestly requested to deliver at least one discourse at each of their 
appointments on this subject during the Conference year. 

Respectfully submitted, CHASTIEN ALLEN. 

On motion — 

Resolved:, That Elders W. H. Doherty, J. McCulloch, H. B. 
Hayes, B. N. Hopkins and J. W. Wellons be appointed dele- 
gates to represent this Conference in the next session of the East- 
ern Virginia Conference. 

On motion — 

Resolved, That J. J. Hobby and T. Lynch be appointed dele- 
gates to represent this Conference in the next session of the Geor- 
gia Conference. 

Resolved, That Solomon Apple, P. R. Hardin and John Fau- 
cett be appointed a Conference Committee for the ensuing Confer- 
ence year. 

Resolved, That we respectfully request all the churches in this 
Conference to take up a collection for defraying the necessary ex- 
penses of Conference, and send the amounts to each annual Con- 
ference. 

On motion Conference adjourned until to-morrow morning, 
subject to the call of the President. 

Singing and prayer by Elder A. Iseley. 



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Friday Morning. 

Conference met pursuant to adjournment. Singing and prayer 
by Elder A. Apple. 

The Committee on Education submitted the following report, 
which was read, and after an able address on the subject of edu- 
cation and the mode of instruction adopted by the Speaker in the 
Antioch College, Ohio, and more recently in the Graham Insti- 
tute, N. C, the report was adopted. 

The Committee on Education report that they deem it unnecessary 
to recommend the general subject of education to this Conference be- 
cause our people are already deeply interested and fully alive to its 
paramount importance. The age and country demand a higher degree 
of instruction than has hitherto been attainable among us, and the 
interests of our denomination demand that provision be made for high 
school and collegiate instruction within the bounds of our own church, 
in order to save our children from the prevailing influence of secta- 
rianism. 

The committee would therefore direct the attention of Conference 
to the Graham Institute, which has reopened under favorable aus- 
pices, and recommend that a Committee of Conference be appointed 
to co-operate with the Trustees of the Graham Institute, and take 
prompt and efficient measures for placing it on a permanent basis, and 
rendering it an institution of learning useful to the country and cred- 
itable to the Christian denomination. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

W. H. DOHERTY, Chairman. 

Whereupon, on the recommendation of the committee, the chak 
appointed the following committee : W. H. Doherty, E. F. Wat- 
son and T. J. Fowler, to confer and co-operate with said Trustees. 

The Committee on the Annual Address of Elder J. McCulloch 
submitted the following report, which was read and adopted. 

The committee to whom was referred the address of Elder J. Mc- 
Culloch beg leave to submit the following report : 

Your committee are aware of the responsible position they occupy, 
having been assigned a duty heretofore unknown in the history of 
our Church legislation. In the organization of our churches and 
Conferences, we are differently situated from that of any other de- 
nomination now in existence. We have, as has been often remarked, 
no head except Christ. Hence, all our Conference legislation only re- 
sults in advisory measures to the various local churches, to be adopted 
or rejected by them at their pleasure, and we are sorry to say, that 
subjects of the most vital importance to the success of our glorious 
principles of Christian liberty are neglected both by our ministers and 



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churches, often to the great detriment of both. An efficient ministry 
is necessary to the success of any great denominational enterprise, 
and one great reason why no better success has attended our efforts 
at a more perfect system of organization and plans of operation is, 
that our ministers are deficient in energy in carrying out in their 
fields of labor, the various plans and duties imposed upon them by the 
Conference, whose servants they, to some extent, are. We, however, 
hope a brighter day is about to dawn upon our church, and the day 
is not far distant when we can have it to say, our cause as a denom- 
ination is onward and upward, and that the hallowed principles which 
distinguish us as a branch of the church militant, are sooner or later 
to become the distinguishing characteristics of Protestant Christianity. 

The able address which it was the pleasure of Conference to listen 
to, contains much, in the opinion of your Committee, that is of inter- 
est to the church, and suggestions are there made which, we think, 
require acting upon by this body, and not only acting upon here, but, 
which should be carried out by us when we return to our respective 
homes and fields of labor, which may be assigned us by this Con- 
ference. 

The first subject of importance claiming the attention of your com- 
mittee, is the death of Elder S. G. Evans, which has occurred since 
your last annual meeting. He was one of the most humble and ex- 
emplary ministers of your body, but the Great Disposer of all things 
has seen proper in his wisdom and goodness to remove him hence. 
At your last meeting, he was with you, though feeble, yet ready to 
aid you with his advice and counsel ; but, alas ! he is no more. His 
rich and clarion voice has been silenced, to be heard no more by us 
until we meet him around our Father's throne, where we shall again 
unite with him in singing endless praises to God and to the Lamb. 

Your committee would recommend the adoption of the following 
preamble and resolutions : 

Whereas, in the dispensation of Divine Providence, our much es- 
teemed brother, Elder S. G. Evans, has been taken from the labors of 
earth to the rest of heaven, since the last meeting of this body, of 
which he was a worthy and efficient member, therefore, 

1st. Resolved, That while we mourn our loss, we rejoice in his 
gain, and will bow with humble submission and reverence to the will 
of our Father in heaven, and always pray, " Thy will be done on 
earth as it is in heaven." 

2d. Resolved, That this preamble and resolutions be published 
with the minutes of this Conference, and that a copy of the same be 
forwarded to the widow of our deceased brother, with an assurance 
that we deeply sympathize with her in her great bereavement. 

Your committee would further recommend the appointment of the 
following committees : 

1st. A Committee to devise means for the relief of worn-out minis- 
ters and their widows and orphans, who may be left in a destitute 
condition. 



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2d. A Committee on Home Missions. 
3d. On Finance. 
4th. On Periodicals. 
5th. On Memoirs. 

That much yet remains to be done by us, all must admit. There- 
fore, let us all feel that we have a work to perform, and resolve to do 
the work assigned us not only with a commendable zeal, but with 
that alacrity and delight which should ever distinguish the true and 
faithful servant of God. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

E. F. WATSON, Chairman. 

In pursuance of the recommendations in the above report, the 
Chair appointed the following Committees : 

On Home Missions — Elders A. Iseley, Wm. N. Bragg and J . 
W. Wellons. 

On Periodicals — Elders A. Apple, T. J. Fowler and L. C. Mad- 
ison. 

On Finance — Dr. J. H. Graham, J. A. Turrentine and S. H. 
Turner. 

On Memoirs — Elder S. Apple, H. B. Hayes and R. G. Tinnen. 

The Committee on the Character and Standing of the Ministers 
asked leave to report, which report was received, read and adopted. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE STANDING OF THE 
MINISTRY. 

We, your Committee on the Character and Standing of the Ministry, 
beg leave to make the following report, viz : That we find all the 
ministers in good standing, except M. Owens, whose license, as we 
learn, has been taken from him by the church for reasons satisfactory 
to them, and I. Cagle has been excommunicated from the church, and 
J. Trolinger we find indolent and rendering no service to the church 
in improving his gift. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

S. H. TURNER, Chairman. 

The Committee on Ordination asked leave to report. Report 
received, read and adopted : 

The Committee on Ordination report that two brethren previously 
licensed to preach the Gospel by this Conference, viz : A. G. Ander- 
son and D. T. Deanes, were introduced to the Committee by letters 
of recommendation from their respective churches — that their dili- 
gence and efficiency in the ministry during the past year having been 
2* 



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satisfactorily proved, and their examination on matters of experimen- 
tal religion and Christian doctrine being satisfactory, the committee 
recommend them for ordination. 

W. H. DOHERTY, Chairman. 

On motion, 

Resolved, That D. T. Deanes be required to call on IshamCagle 
and M. Owens, and demand of them the License granted them by 
this Conference. 

Resolved, That Elders T. J. Fowler, J. McCulloch, W. H. Do- 
herty, and A. Apple, form a Presbytery to set apart A. G. An- 
derson to the office of Elder, at Providence Church, on the third 
Sabbath in this month, or at some other convenient time. 

The Committee on Finance submitted the following report, 
which was read and adopted : 

We, your Committee on Finance, beg leave to report, that we find 
in the hands of the Conference Treasurer the sum of seventy-six dol- 
lars and sixty cents. 

J. H. GRAHAM, Ch'n. 

The Committee on Sunday Schools submitted the following re- 
port, which was received, read and adopted : 

We, your committee on Sabbath Schools, beg leave to report that 
we are pained to learn that so few Sabbath Schools are now in opera- 
tion within the bounds of our Conference. That many and almost 
all the churches are destitute of the untold blessing of Sabbath schools. 
We do, therefore, hope that all (and especially every minister, ) will 
feel and act with that intense interest the great importance demands. 
And whenever and at every place where it can properly be done, will 
exert their influence to organize an efficient and well-conducted Sab- 
bath School. We would recommend that every minister make an 
effort to establish a Sabbath School at every church in his charge, 
and make a report to each Conference of the same. This is a matter 
we conceive of vast importance to the Christian church, and should 
have some attention from our ministers. All of which is respectfully 
submitted. 

J. I. HOBBY, Chairman. 



October 7th, 1858. 

Committee on ordination report : 

That they have received letters of recommendation from Christian 
churches requesting license to preach for the following young men, 
viz : J. N. Manning, P. W. Allen, J. N. Ferrell. That they have 
heard their religious experience, and a statement of reasons for desir- 



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ing license from each of them. That they have examined them indi- 
vidually and endeavored to ascertain their qualifications for preaching 
the Gospel in a useful and efficient manner, and that they recommend 
them to the Conference as proper and suitable candidates for license. 

W. EL DOHERTY, Chairman. 

Report read and adopted. 

The committee on Missions beg leave to report : 

There has nothing come before your committee upon which they 
are able to report to this session of youv body ; therefore they beg 
leave to have longer time. There are matters of some importance 
to the church, which your committee can obtain possession of, and 
will try and do so by the next meeting of your body. 
Respectfully submitted, 

S. APPLE, Chairman. 

Report received and adopted. 



The Committee to whom was referred the letters from the vari- 
ous churches of this Conference, submitted a report, which was 
read and adopted. (See Statistical Table.) 

Resolved, That Elders W. H. Dohercy, S. Apple and H. B. 
Hayes be appointed as a Presbytery, to attend to the ordination 
of bro. D. T. Deanes to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock. 

The Committee on destitute ministers, their widows and orphans, 
asked to be discharged. 
Conference adjourned until to-morrow morning at 8 o'clock. 
Singing and prayer by Elder H. B. Hayes. 



Saturday morning. 

Conference met pursuant to adjournment. 

Singing and prayer by Elder A. G. Anderson. 

Resolved, That a Committee of three be appointed to make 
arrangements for the printing of the minutes of this Conference, 
whereupon the Chair appointed Elders H. B. Hayes, J. McCul- 
loch and J. W. Wellons said Committee. 

The Committee on Periodicals submitted their report, which 
was received, read and adopted. 

REPORT. 

Your committee on periodicals are fully aware of the importance of 
the subject, and believe that the dissemination of truth and the propa- 
gation of Christian principles depend very much upon the success of a 



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religious periodical, and being well pleased with the Christian Sun, 
we recommend it to the patronage of all our brethren and friends 
every where. All of which we respectfully submit. 

* A . APPLE, . Chairman . 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Conference be tendered the 
brethren and friends of the Encampment, for their kindness and 
hospitality on this occasion. 

The Committee on the Itinerancy submitted the following re- 
port, which was received, read and adopted. 

REPORT. 

Your Committee on the Itinerancy beg leave to report the following 
arrangement of the Itinerancy : 

Haw River Circuit. — Jas. W. Wellons, Itinerant, to preach at the 
following places: Hank's Chapel, Bethel, Bells, Pleasant Spring, 
Wake Chapel, Christian Chapel, Pleasant Hill. 

Shallow Well Circuit. — Jas. I. Hobby, Itinerant, to preach at the 
following places : Shallow Well, Moore, Union, Zion, Savannah, 
Pleasant Hill. 

Antioch Chapel — John N. Ferrell. 

Stokes Mission, Mount Bethel, Zion Hill, Vests, Mt. Carmel — B. N. 
Hopkins. 

Union, Reese's Sharon, Mt. Auburn, Midway — Alfred Apple, John 
N. Manning. 

Pleasant Hill, Apple's Chapel, Union — A. Iseley. 

Damascus, Mt. Zion, Liberty — G. G. Walker. 

Utley's School House, Raleigh — H. B. Hayes. 

Pleasant Grove, Apple's Chapel — Solomon Apple. 

Agent for the Graham Institute — Josiah McCulloch. 

Deep River Circuit. — D. T. Deanes, Itinerant, to preach at the fol- 
lowing places : Pleasant Grove, Pleasant Ridge, Shiloh, Christian 
Union, Shady Grove, Acorn Ridge, Park's X Roads, New Salem. 

Tar River Circuit. — Wm. N. Bragg, Itinerant, to preach at the 
following places: Pope's Chapel, Good Hope, Oak Level, Fuller's, 
Damascus, O'Kelley's. 

Dr. Jos. B. Hinton, Raleigh. 

The above is imperfect, but embraces all the churches and ministers 
brought to the notice of your committee. 

Respectfully submitted, B. HAZEL, Chairman. 

The Treasurer of Conference submitted his report, which was 
adopted. 



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TREASURER'S REPORT OF CONFERENCE FUND FOR 1858. 



Amount in hand in 185*7 $73.10 

1857. For printing Minutes, to Wm. B. Wellons 26.37 
Balance on hand $46.73 

1858. Interest for 12 months 2.80 

O'Kelley's Chapel contribution 5.70 

Hank's Chapel contribution 10.51 

Tennessee 25 

Mount Auburn contribution 9.75 



$75.74 

Respectfully submitted, 

T. J. Fowler, Treasurer. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Conference be tendered to 
the officers of the same, for the faithful and efficient manner in 
which they have discharged their several duties. 

The Committee on publishing the minutes of Conference, sub- 
mitted the following report, which was read and adopted. 

We, the undersigned committee, appointed to make arrangements 
for the printing of the minutes of the present session of Conference, 
beg leave to report : That they deem it advisable that the Secretary 
of Conference have 800 copies printed to supply the wants of the 
churches. 

That the Treasurer of the Conference fund be required to pay for 
the printing of the same out of the funds in his hands ; and that the 
preachers and other active members, when they dispose of them to 
the churches or individual members, refund the several amounts they 
may receive for the same to the Treasurer aforesaid. All of which is 
respectfully submitted. 

H. B. HAYES, Chairman. 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Conference be tendered to the 
President and Directors of the Kaleigh and Gaston Railroad, and 
of the North Carolina Central Railroad, for their kindness and 
liberality in permitting the members of this Conference pass over 
their roads for fare one way. 

On motion Conference adjourned with singing and prayer, to 
meet with the church at Union, Alamancs, on Wednesday before 
the 2d Sabbath in October, 1859. 

B. N. HOPKINS, Chairman. 

E. F. Watson, Secretary. 
Jno. Faucett, AssH Sec'y. 



APPENDIX. 



The following are the reports of the Ministers : 

A. ISELEY'S REPORT. 

Preached 11*7 sermons; delivered 25 funeral discourses; married 
three couples, and baptized 10. Received $149.95. 

B. N. HOPKINS' REPORT. 

Preached to one church ; received 15 members ; organized one new 
church of 33 members; baptized seven; preached three funerals. 
Preached in all, 34 sermons. 

J. W. WELLONS' REPORT. 

Traveled on Haw River Circuit; preached 152 sermons; delivered 
19 funeral discourses ; married three couples; 120 converts ou the cir- 
cuit; 140 united with the church ; baptized 92 ; traveled 3,710 miles ; 
received $311.71. 

WM. N. BRAGG' S REPORT. 

Traveled on Tar River Circuit ; preached 140 sermons; delivered 20 
exhortations; attended 22 funerals; married three couples; 56 con- 
verted ; 26 united with the church; baptized 18 ; traveled 3,175 miles ; 
received $191.15. 

G. G. WALKER'S REPORT.. 

Labored at four churches ; preached 65 sermons ; received 73 mem- 
bers ; baptized 11; married six couples ; traveled about 2,500 miles ; 
received $150. 

H. B. HAYES' REPORT. 

Preached and lectured 50 times; organized one church of 11 mem- 
bers, received $5. 

J. J. DODSON'S REPORT. 

Preached 40 times ; labored with one church ; hope soon to organ- 
ize three churches. 



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A. G. ANDERSON'S REPORT. 
Preached regularly for the churches at Union and Concord. 

SOLOMON APPLE'S REPORT. 

Preached for two churches ; preached 40 times ; attended some fu- 
nerals ; married three couples, and have received $100. 

JOSIAH McCULLOCH'S REPORT. 

Preached only 12 times, owing to bad health. Have acted as Agent 
for the Graham Institute, and collected $1,600. 

DANIEL T. DEANES' REPORT. 
Preached 82 times. 

SOLOMON FULLER 

Traveled with Elder Wm. N. Bragg on Tar River Circuit ; preached 
3*7 times ; delivered eight exhortations ; received $13. 

JAMES I. HOBBY'S REPORT. 
Preached 60 times and received eight members in the church. 

ANTHONY FRANKS' REPORT. 
Preached 38 times ; received six members in the church. 

The other ministers failed to hand in their reports. 

♦ A. 



The following churches paid to the Treasurer the following 
amounts for the minutes,, viz : Zion, $1 ; Shallow Well, 75 cents ; 
Bethel, 60 cents; Mount Auburn, 60 cents ; Union, Halifax, $1. 
25; Damascus, $1; Pleasant Hill, $1.25 ; Oak Level, 60 cents; 
Christian Chapel, 85 cents; Providence, $2; Pleasant Grove, 75 
cents. 



STATISTICAL TABLE- 



CHURCHES. 



O'Kelley's, 

Pleasant Spring, 
Mt. Auburn, 
Pope's Chapel, 

Lebanon, 
Bell's, 

Pleasant Hill, 

Shallow Well, 
Park's X Roads, 
*Bethel, 

Christian Chapel, 
Pleas't Grove, Va. 
Union, Halifax, 

New Providence, 

Brown's Chapel, 
Wake Chapel, 
Moore Union, 
Zion, 

Union Ch'l, Tenn. 

Antioch, 

Shallow Ford, 

Oak Level, 

Bethlehem, 

Hank's Chapel, 

Fuller's, 

Damascus, 

*Midway, 

*Mt. Carmel, 

*Utley's Sc. House, 

Raleigh, 

Good Hope. 

Union, Alamance, 



Mt. Zion, 
Concord, 
Liberty, 

Pl't Hill, Johnson, 
Mt. Bethel, 
Zion Hill, 
Vest's, 

Shady Grove, 
Pleasant Ridge, 
Shiloh, Randolph, 
Pleasant Grove, 
Acorn Ridge, 
Apple's Chapel, 
Liberty Grove, 
Reece's, 
Sharon, 
Shiloh, Va. 



PASTORS. 



J T. J. Fowler, 
\ W. N. Bragg, 
J. W. Wellons, 
T. J. Fowler, 
Wm. N. Bragg, 

( G. G. Walker, 
\ S. Apple, 
J. R. Holt, 
A. Iseley, 

Wm. Rollins, 

A. Iseley, 

J. W. Wellons, 
J. W. Wellons, 
S. Apple, 

B. N. Hopkins, 
' T. J. Fowler, 

R. G. Tinnin, 
M. Craven, 
A. Franks, 
J. W. Wellons, 
Wm. Rollins, 
J. M. Minn is, 
J. W. Wellons, 

W. N. Bragg, 

A. Iseley, 

T. J. Fowler, 
Wm. N. Bragg, 

G. G. Walker, 

B. N. Hopkins, 
A. Iseley, 

H. B. Hayes, 
J. B. Hinton, 
W. N. Bragg, 
G. G. Walker, 



G. G. Walker, 
A. G. Anderson, 

J. I. Hobby, 
A. Iseley, 
D. T. Deanes, 
A. Iseley, 
A. Iseley, 
D. T. Deanes, 
A. Iseley, 
A. Iseley, 
A. Iseley, 
A. Iseley, 

A. Apple, 



LAY-DELEGATES. 



Joseph J. Jenkins, S. Barbee, 

C. S. Holleman, 
Wm. Franks, A. S. Utley, 
S. H. Turner, L. S. Mabry, 
W. Pierce, W. Winston, C 

Sandlin, 

Henry Farmer, 

Jesse Horton, Wm. Godwin, 
M. Murchison, T. McPherson, 

A. Way, 
W. A. Love, J. M. Gunter, 
By Letter, 

N. Boon, S. Mitchell, 

J. M. Gunter, R. Pollard, 

Wm. B. Farmer, A. S. Boyd, 

C. H. Winfree, Percy Tuck, 

P. R. Harden, J. A. Turrentine, 
By Letter, 

A. Austin, D. Fuquay, 

D. Thomas, M. Brown, 

J. N. Ferrell, C. Ledbetter, 
By Letter, 

Wm, Guthrie, J. Johnson, 
By Letter, 

B. J. Blackley, Thos. Winston, 
L. L. Lambeth, J. L. McKeel, 
W. Gunter, J. Bland, W. Bland, 
J. 0. Cogwell, C. E. Ascue, 

M. McCauley, J. Pritchard, 

R. Burroughs, 

By Letter, 

Henry Utley, 

M. McWilliams, 

John Pearce, H. Haswell, 

B. Hazel, E. F. Watson, A. 
King, J. Dickey, J. Faucett, 
Dr. Graham, B. McRae. 

T. Lynch, Wm. Crisp, 



I. L. Jornigan, 



Henry Apple, R. Maynard, 



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Received at this session of Conference. 



HOME MISSIONARY SOCIETY. 



The Home Missionarjr Society of the North Carolina and Vir- 
ginia Christian Conferences met at Pope's Chapel, Granville, Oct. 
9th, 1858. 

The meeting was called to order b}^ Elder A. G. Anderson, 
President ; prayer was offered by Elder B. N. Hopkins. 

The vote was then taken, and A. Gr. Anderson was re-elected 
President, A* Iseley Vice-President, J. A. Turrentine, Secretary, 
Elder J. McCulloch, Treasurer. 

On motion of J. McCulloch, the following were elected Direct- 
ors : T. J. Fowler, M. Staley, J. I. Hobby, H. B. Hayes, B. N. 
Hopkins, A. Moring, B. Strowd, A. Apple, R. D. Jones, J. W. 
\latch, R. G. Tinnen, and P. M. Tuck. 

George G. Walker, Alfred Iseiey, John Faucett, P. R. Hardin 
and E. F. Watson, Executive Committee. 

The meeting then appointed P. R. Hardin, E. F. Watson and 
John Faucett to examine the report of the Treasurer, and that the 
same be published in the minutes of the Society. 

The Chairman then appointed G. G. Walker to deliver an ad- 
dress on Sunday, on Missions. 

Moved by E. F. Watson, that the Society take into considera- 
tion the propriety of uniting this Society with the Southern Chris- 
tion Home Missionary Society. 

On motion J. N. Manning, a committee of five were appointed 
to consider the propriety of the union of the Society with the 
Southern Home Missionary Society, and report at the next meet- 
ing of this body ; whereupon the Chair appointed G. G. Walker, 
P. R. Hardin, Jas. A. Turrentine, John Faucett, A. G. Anderson, 
and S. Apple. 
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Moved, that the minutes of this Society be published with the 
minutes of Conference, and this Society pay for the same. 

The Treasurer read his annual report, which is appended be- 
low. 

A. G. Anderson, President. 

J. A. Tuesentine, Secretary. 

REPORT 

Of the Treasurer of the Home Missionary Society made October 24th, 
1858. 



To amount in hand, Oct. 24, 1857 $369 90 

Amount paid this day to W. B. Wellons for printing min- 
utes , 5 00 



Amount in hand $364 00 

COLLECTIONS DURING 1858. 

By the Treasurer— Mrs. S. B. Graves $10 00 

" " R. Maynard 5 00 

" H. C. Hurdle 5 00 

" " J. G.Dickey , 5 00 

" " J. Albright 5 00 

" " J. W. Hatch 10 00 

" L. R. Iseley , 5 00 

" " A. G. Anderson 15 00 

" Dr. E. F. Watson 15 00 

" H. T. Moffitt 5 00 

" " Thos. Sellars, Jr 5 00 

" " Mrs. C. J. Teague 50 

H. C. Trolinger 50 

" " Mrs. S. J. Trolinger 5o 

Dr. T. E. Griffis... 1 00 

<- " B. Gragson 2 00 

" <! 1. H. Foust.. 50 

11 Mrs. Mary Foust 50 

By Mr. Mabry... .Wm. H. Read 10 00 

By G. G. Walker.. M. McCauley 10 00 

t; " L. L. Deshong 5 00 

By W.N. Bragg. JR. H. Pulley 5 00 

By S. Apple. .....A. A. Farmer 10 00 

Bethlehem Collection 17 45 

Interest on Note 4 94 



Dr $516 89 



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DISBURSEMENTS. 



To Elder A. Iseley, for service $ 8 00 

Interest on same for 2 years 96 

To J. McCulloch, for services — 71 75 

Interest for 2 years 8 61 

Paid W. B. Wei ions for Printing 5 00 

Blank Books for Treasurer and Secretary..., , 4 00 



$98 32 

Amount in hand , 418 57 



$516 89 
J. McCULLOCH, Treasurer. 




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The 15th volume commenced on the 16th of April, 1858.